31 honey-colored grizzly claws of graduating size are strung on a hide thong; leather spacers placed between each claw, overall length 18.75 in. Includes a half-length oil portrait miniature of Thomas Willard Hough; housed in a half plate pressed leather case; painted in Cincinnati, ca 1842-1843, 6.25 in. x 5.25 in.
second quarter 19th century
Collection history inscribed on card:
Thomas Willard Hough
Jan. 18, 1807, Jefferson Co., Ohio
June 30, 1896, Spartensburg, Ind.
Came to Butler Co., Ohio when a child - marrier[sic] Mary Ranney 1843. Son John born 1847 in Cincinnati. Moved to Spartensburg, IN 1849 built house (?). Received bear claw necklace from Indians he befriended on post route from his home to Fort Wayne, IN - 1824 exact location cloudy near Spartensburg? Quaker trail - Richmond north on Route 27 to Fort Wayne General Route. T.W. (Squire) Hough family dies of cholera - he survived and was able to help the Indians who were down with Cholera.
According to Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana: With Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families, "Thomas Hough was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, in 1807 and in his boyhood days moved with his parents to Butler County, Ohio, where he grew to manhood and received his education. In 1843, in Cincinnati, he married Mary W. Ranney, where he lived a few years then in April, 1849, he moved to Spartansburg, Indiana where he owned and operated a good farm until his death, July 3, 1886. He was a progressive man of affairs and served as justice of peace of his township for twenty-four years, being esteemed by all. He was a staunch Republican and although not a soldier in the front, he was a strong supporter of the Union and wielded a venerable influence" (1914: 1536). https://archive.org/stream/cu31924006111326/cu31924006111326_djvu.txt. Accessed February 11, 2019.
Provenance: From the Collection of Jon Anspaugh, Wapakoneta, Ohio
Array ( [live_biddable] => [inquire] => [phone] => [phone_bid] => 0 [sold] => 1 [unsold] => [make_offer] => [estimate] => 1 [timer] => [current_bid] => [asking_bid] => [start_price] => 1 [buy_it_now_price] => [bid_activity] => )
Have a Similar Item?Consign With Us
Cowan's Auctions is one of the only houses to offer full service, in-house shipping for most purchases.
Our experts pack and ship over 5,000 purchases each year.
Shipping costs are included on every invoice to make getting your items as fast and easy as possible.
Cowan's is pleased to recommend alternate shipping options for your large or heavy purchases.
For more information, click HERE or contact email@example.com.
Page Load Executed Time Elapsed: 0.266 seconds